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Chapter 3 Part 1

  1. 1. Chapter 3 Intercultural Communication
  2. 2. What is Culture? <ul><li>Culture – “the ever-changing values, traditions, social and political relationships, and worldview created and shared by a group of people bound together by a combination of factors” </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Culture? <ul><li>Worldview – a set of principles that govern the way we live and interact with others </li></ul><ul><li>These principles differ depending on where you are from, your background, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Culture greatly influences self and perception </li></ul>
  4. 4. You are a Cultural Being <ul><li>Cultural identity – the degree to which you identify with your culture </li></ul><ul><li>You have many cultural identities (country of origin, religion, family, memberships, sports, etc) Your secondary cultural identity can be called a co-culture </li></ul>
  5. 5. You are a Cultural Being <ul><li>Cultural identities are LEARNED </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural identities vary in strength </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural identities vary in content (not every person defines what it means to be an American or a student in the same way) </li></ul><ul><li>You often define your culture in the terms of the context of the situation </li></ul><ul><li>See pages 60-62 for importance of studying </li></ul>
  6. 6. Intercultural Communication and the Communication Model <ul><li>Culture influences: </li></ul><ul><li>Senders and receivers </li></ul><ul><li>Messages and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul>
  7. 7. Power Distance <ul><li>The measure of social inequality in cultures; for example how do employees talk with their boss or what is interaction like between sexes or families </li></ul><ul><li>The US is a low-power-distance country. What does this mean? Do you agree with this? What are some countries that might be high-power-distance? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Individualism versus Collectivism <ul><li>How connected you feel with your culture. Individualistic countries think more of “me”; collectivistic countries think more of “we” </li></ul><ul><li>Which do you think the US is? </li></ul>

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